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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 is seeking volunteers to share their business and professional knowledge and expertise with small business owners and managers in our communities. SCORE is a nonprofit organization providing free individual mentoring and training to small businesses.

For information, visit and click on "volunteer."

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HPH Home Health, a nonprofit affiliate of HPH Hospice, recently underwent its recertification survey by the Agency for Health Care Administration in Hernando and Citrus counties and was found to be deficiency free.

HPH Home Health was found to be in compliance with all state and federal regulations. It was established in 2000 and provides care in private residences and assisted living facilities in Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Citrus counties. For information, visit

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Winners of the Tampa Bay Builders Association's 2010 Parade of Homes were recently announced. This year's spring parade, held April 17 through May 2, included more than 50 entries by home builders in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.

The winner in the single-family homes priced $140,000 to $200,000 category was Highland Homes, the Treymore in the Greens at Hidden Creek, Pasco County. The winner in the single-family homes priced $201,000 to $250,000 category was Southern Crafted Homes, the Brighton I at Devonwood, Pasco County.

The winner in the single-family homes priced $251,000 to $300,000 category was David Weekley Homes, the Portland Rose at Panther Trace, Hillsborough County. The winner in the single-family homes priced $301,000 to $350,000 category was Mobley Homes, the Nantucket V in Bassett Creek at K-Bar Ranch, Hillsborough County.

The winner in the single-family homes priced $351,000 to $400,000 category was Larsen Communities No. 3 Inc., the Augusta at the Eagles Golf and Country Club, Hillsborough County. The winner in the single-family homes priced $401,000 to $450,000 category was Avalon Building Corp., the Antigua with bonus room in Watermark at Seven Oaks, Pasco County.

The winner in the single-family homes priced $451,000 to $500,000 category was Costanza Homes, the Summerfield Grand in Mirasol at Champions' Club, Pasco County. The winner in the single-family homes priced $501,000 to $550,000 category was Sunrise Homes, the Monterey at Stonewood, Hillsborough County.

The winner in the single-family homes priced $551,000 to $600,000 category was Sabal Homes of Florida, the Gulfview 3 in FishHawk Ranch, Hillsborough County. The winner in the single-family homes priced $750,000 to $850,000 category was Hannah-Bartoletta Homes, the Baybreeze at MiraBay, Hillsborough.

The winner in the multifamily homes priced $150,000 to $200,000 category was Pulte Homes, the Montenero at Ventura Bay, Hillsborough County. The winner in the multifaimly homes priced $251,000 to $300,000 category was JMC Realty, St. Thomas 1405, the Towers of Channelside, Hillsborough County.

The winner in the multifamily homes priced $301,000 to $350,000 category was JMC Realty, St. Croix 1401, the Towers at Channelside, Hillsborough County. The winner of the multifamily homes priced more than $1 million was JMC Communities, the B-1802 at Ovation, Pinellas County.

In the best communities category, first place was awarded to Newland Communities, MiraBay in Hillsborough County.

Who's news

Hal Ziecheck will be the new chief operating officer of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. He will start his position July 27.

For the past 16 years, Ziecheck has been chief operating officer of Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. Morton Plant North Bay's current chief operating officer, John Couris, is leaving to accept the position of chief executive officer at Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter.

Ziecheck began his career with Morton Plant Hospital in 1979 as director of the respiratory therapy and perfusion technology department. He has held a variety to positions including vice president of operations, administrative director of cardiopulmonary services and director of special services.

He has a master's degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, and a bachelor's degree from Long Island University in New York. Ziecheck is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and chairman of the ACHE's Article of the Year Awards committee. He is also a member of the American Heart Association, a Morton Plant Mease Primary Care board member, and a member of the advisory committee for the nursing program at Pinellas Technical Education Centers.

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Registered nurse Mark Anderson has been appointed trauma services program director at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. He will function as liaison with the emergency room's administrative team and the hospital's trauma medical director in establishing the hospital as a Level II Trauma Center.

Anderson has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Oregon State University, and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Highland College in Washington. He worked his way through nursing school working full time nights as an emergency department technician.

In 2005, Anderson was named the trauma nurse coordinator at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Oregon. He lives in Palm Harbor.

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Trudy Domann, a volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, was recently awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from the office of the president of the United States. The award acknowledges the outstanding achievements of volunteers and volunteering throughout the nation. To achieve the award, an individual must have volunteered for a minimum of 15 years and have logged in more than 7,500 hours of service.

Domann began volunteering at the hospital on Dec. 15, 1994, and has logged in 8,874 hours of service. She currently volunteers in fiscal services and is a courier team leader. In addition, she helps out throughout the hospital wherever she is needed.

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Joy A. Cook, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in New Port Richey, was named People's Choice "Nurse of the Year" for the work she does with the annual "Be a Santa to a Senior" program.

The award was presented at the fourth-annual Nurses Gala held at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. The event is a fundraiser that benefits the Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco Inc.

The Be a Santa to a Senior program began two years ago. Volunteers and staffers at Home Instead Senior Care collect holiday gifts for seniors who have no family or friends, whether they are in a nursing home or in their own homes.

Home Instead Senior Care is at 7714 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cook can be reached at (727) 845-5819.

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Alba Hada and Shirley Stibal were the recipients of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's first quarter Five Star Award.

Hada began volunteering in September 2008. She has logged in more than 850 hours. Hada volunteers at the hospital's Welcome Center A and is quick to substitute for other volunteers when there is a need.

Stibal began volunteering in 1988. She is an area "snowbird" but has still logged in more than 3,300 hours. She has been a courier for more than 20 years and is often called upon to train new volunteers.

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Nicole Winters and Nancy Gervasio have joined the team at Affordable Lab Tests, 4140 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

Winters is an experienced phlebotomist and certified nursing assistant with 17 years of experience. Gervasio adds to the team with her medical assistant education as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology.

For information, call (727) 848-9800.


The Business Development Council, hosted by Superior Bank, will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Bob Evans Restaurant, 9115 U.S. 19, Port Richey, just south of the Gulf View Square mall.

The purpose of the business networking group is to promote individual business members. The group is working on a website that will enable linking to members' websites.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month. For information, contact Marla Brooks at (727) 376-1030.

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The Trinity Business Association, a professional association supporting businesses and professionals in the Trinity area, will have an open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.

The event is sponsored by the law office of Linda Braithwaite.

Association members work together to expand and promote business opportunities. Members must live in, own a business or have a place of employment in the Trinity area as defined by the boundaries. Memberships per profession are limited to a select number.

Meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of each month. For information, visit

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The BNI Revenue Source, a referral-based networking group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors welcome. The meeting cost, which includes breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall, president, at (727) 842-7744.

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BNI Eagles will hold a networking event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd. (off Little Road, north of State Road 54) in New Port Richey. Visitors welcome. RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

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The Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

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Women Helping Women, a networking group for women, will have its monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.

A "Spring Cleaning Trade Out," organized by member Gigi D. Evans, will be held. Members are asked to bring in clothes and accessories they are no longer using. Instead of tossing them out, trade them.

Anyone attending the meeting can "shop for free" for items for themselves or family members. Men's and children's clothing will be accepted as well. Any clothing left over will be donated to local nonprofit organizations.

The cost for the luncheon is $11 per person. The group meets for lunch on the first Thursday of each month. There is no charge to join. For information or to RSVP, call Gigi D. Evans at (727) 945-9669.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its Ambassador's Installation dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.

The theme for this year's event is "Tacky Tourist" and the menu will be a Hawaiian-style buffet. To RSVP, contact the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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